February 04, 2003
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From: Dave Gorak
Shortly before Christmas, I was interviewed by United Press International's Gregory Tejeda, who said he was looking for my organization's views on the arrests of about 25 illegals who were working in sensitive areas at Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports. (He neglected to mention that he also wrote the weekly column Hispanidad, which deals with the "culture of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States.")
I knew something was amiss when Tejeda asked, "Do you mind telling me where your parents were born?" A month later I read Tejeda's "Real Americans Belong in the U.S.", which was a first-rate hatchet job on me and my organization. Laced with quotes I never uttered, Tejeda's column put me shoulder to shoulder with white supremacist Matt Hale, who, you may recall, has been arrested for allegedly plotting to kill a federal judge. Tejeda later told me he "stood by" his story that our group was in fact trying to mask our racism by feigning concern for what mass immigration was doing to our own working poor and the lower middle class.
I am a print journalist with nearly 30 years of experience. But this has truly been an invigorating encounter. And I owe it all to Tejeda's [email him] high journalistic standards and relentless pursuit of the truth.